A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer based method integrating hardware, software, and digital data for capturing, storing, analyzing, managing and displaying geographically referenced information. The GIS Division of Bexar County Information Technology was created in November 2005 to develop a Bexar County GIS enterprise to promote expertise within offices and departments needing GIS; to coordinate with City of San Antonio and other governmental entities for the purposes of developing standards for security, accuracy, maintenance, format of GIS data for Bexar County; to develop a Bexar County GIS technical infrastructure; and to provide support, expertise and training to offices and departments in Bexar County using GIS.
The GIS group has developed multiple online applications which allow the constituents of Bexar County to view a variety of data about Bexar County and their own local area within Bexar County. Information regarding GIS projects can be found at maps.bexar.org.
J. ERIC LOMELI is the Senior GIS Analyst for Bexar County. Prior to joining Bexar County’s GIS Division in 2007, Eric worked as a GIS Specialist for the University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development (IED). Preceding employment at UTSA, Eric worked as GIS Officer, GIS Co-instructor and GIS Research Assistant at various private companies and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Eric holds a Masters of Science in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Redlands and is an International Certified GIS Professional (GISP).
Eric is an active volunteer of the high-school student exchange program AFS (American Fied Service) local chapter, as well as a past participant (Italy 1992-1993). He is a member of the Consortium for Research on Mexico (PROFMEX), San Antonio's Christopher Columbus Italian Society (CCIS), the Alamo Area GIS User Group (AAGIS), and a Life Member of the History Honor Society - Phi Alpha Theta (UCLA Chapter). Eric has also been a member of the Social Science History Association (SSHA), Urban and Regional information Systems Association (URISA), Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), American Association of Geographers (AAG) and South Central ArcUSer Group (SCAUG).
ERIC KOEHLER is the GIS Database Administrator for Bexar County Information Technology. Prior to his current role, Eric developed county-wide web applications including the Justice of the Peace online credit card payment application, the case management system for the Department of Community Investment, and the online Parks Reservation System. Eric holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix. Since joining the GIS team he has been involved with Alamo Area GIS Day and the Strategic Geospatial Coordination Committee (SGCC).